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⛲️ Vitalik Tweet Spurs Flurry Of Meme Coins

Nearly 200,000 Trades Were Conducted On Uniswap In the Past Day, Highest Since June 2021

By yyctrader

SHILL On Oct. 14, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin mused that a project called “THE Protocol” would be really easy to shill, as its supporters could say “Look, so and so mentioned THE!” when referring to pretty much anything.



🏡 Digital Platform Sells House as an NFT on OpenSea

Sale of $175,000 House Settled with USDC Stablecoins

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SOLD In the latest sign that the property industry is finding NFTs a new sales tool, Roofstock, a digital real estate platform, sold a single-family home in South Carolina for $175,000 via OpenSea.


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Carapace Raises $2.5M in Round Led by NFX

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LORE Credit default swaps are the stuff of financial lore. These complex instruments played a role in the subprime mortgage crash of 2008 and featured in the celebrated account of that cataclysm, “The Big Short.” 



⚙️ Aave Releases Technical Details Of GHO Stablecoin

Audit Finds No Critical Bugs

By Tarang Khaitan

AUDIT Aave Companies, the centralized entity that oversees DeFi’s leading lending protocol, has released a technical paper on Aave’s upcoming GHO stablecoin, along with the results of its first security audit.


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🧐 Polygon’s Embrace of ZK Testnet May Usher in Vibrant Season for Crypto

ZKSync’s Coming Mainnet Launch Underscores Mounting Activity for the Technology

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DAPPS: Polygon announced their zkEVM testnet with a bang on Oct 10th. Both Aave and Uniswap are  deploying their dApps alongside Lens protocol and the gaming studio Midnight Society. 

VOLUME Spotlighting influential DeFi protocols such as Aave and Uniswap help to convey that Polygon intends to be a serious contender in the zk-chain space. This news could also show why there was a  surge in transaction volume for Polygon’s MATIC token the same day the testnet was announced.



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Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey have lifted the curtain on the latest iteration of its social protocol and a new Bluesky Social app — as part of its decentralized answer to Twitter. 

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🚰 Shortage of Goerli Testnet Ether Puts the Squeeze on Devs

With Ethereum Testnets Closing After The Merge Faucets Are Running Dry

By Samuel Haig

SHORTAGE Developers are hoarding Goerli testnet Ether, resulting in a widespread shortage of the coin, according to data from websites that distribute tokens. 

PREMIUM As a result, developers must pay a premium to access what are intended to be freely distributed coins. Without Goerli ETH, devs cannot experiment on the test network, posing a threat to innovation on the Ethereum blockchain.

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Testnets are the cornerstone of healthy developer ecosystems. They allow devs to experiment before deploying their projects to the mainnet. Following The Merge, Goerli is one of only two testnets actively maintained by the Ethereum Foundation.

Just like on mainnet, testnet transactions incur fees that must be paid in the network’s native coin. Testnet ETH is distributed freely via faucets, which are websites that issue coins without charge to users. 

Bot Operators

But opportunistic bot operators appear to be exhausting the supply of Goerli ETH. Moreover, the current shortage of Goerli ETH is probably being worsened by the impending expiration of many of Ethereum’s other testnets following The Merge.

The faucet maintained by Polygon’s Mudit Gupta is currently empty. Goerli Faucet has implemented identity checks to combat spam attacks and limits coin issuance to just 0.1 Goerli ETH daily — but many developers claim 0.1 ETH is not nearly enough to experiment with.

Stark Shortage

Facing a stark shortage of free testnet coins, many developers are coughing up funds to purchase Goerli ETH from opportunistic scalpers. 

On Oct. 19, Dennison Bertram, a contributor to Tally, tweeted that Ether Goerli ETH is trading for $0.10 each. “The new testnet is a failure,” he said. “All the faucets are dry. You have to buy testnet ETH.”

Hilmarxo of the Gelato Network shared screenshots of direct messages from a Twitter user offering to sell 700 Goerli ETH at a whopping price of $0.5 each.

By contrast, Ethereum’s initial coin offering sold mainnet ETH for just $0.31 in 2014.

Airdrop Coins

Nnnnicholas of crowdfunding protocol Juicebox suggested that a large Goerli ETH holder should airdrop coins to developers that deployed on mainnet prior to The Merge in a bid to remedy the situation. 

“Would at least put [Goerli ETH] in hands of existing devs,” they said.

“If someone can put together a credible list, I can find the funds,” replied Tim Beiko of the Ethereum Foundation.

Beiko took the idea and ran with it. He created a Twitter poll asking if the community would prefer to reset wallet balances on Goerli to distribute a large balance to every address on the testnet, or to keep balances as they are at present. 

Resetting Balances

More than half of respondents support resetting balances, with 22.5% opposing the proposal and 26% of participants abstaining.

Arboraeth expressed qualms with the plan though, stating “there’s a lot of deployed state for long-running tests on Goerli that would suck to lose.”

This isn’t the first time that Goerli ETH faucets have run dry. In February, Gupta tweeted that his Goerli faucet was running dry after receiving more than 1M requests in a single day, attributing the surge in demand to a mysterious Chinese whale reportedly accumulating the testnet coins.

100,000 Goerli ETH

“Apparently some Chinese billionaire believes Goerli ETH will become ETH2 so everyone’s trying to get Goerli ETH to sell it to him,” Gupta tweeted.

Ben Edgington of Consensys replied, sharing a screenshot of a message from someone asking to purchase 100,000 Goerli ETH for $3,000 at the time.

The shortage strikes as Ethereum shutters many other testnets in the wake of The Merge. 

In June, the Ethereum Foundation announced that Ropsten, Ethereum’s longest-running Proof-of-Work testnet, would be shut down in the last quarter of 2022. The testnet also migrated to Proof-of-Stake in Ethereum’s first testnet merge in June.


Rinkeby, another popular testnet, is also scheduled to be closed in late 2023. However, the testnet did not transition to Proof of Stake and is no longer a suitable testing environment for Ethereum following The Merge last month. Kiln, a network dedicated to testing The Merge, was also shut down in September.

The Ethereum Foundation urged developers to migrate onto Goerli and Sepolia, stating it will continue to maintain and upgrade the networks to reflect changes to the Ethereum network for the foreseeable future.



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